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Boost Your Metabolism

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Yes, we all know them. Those people who stuff pizza, ice cream and fried chicken down their mouths, and yet still maintain that slim physique. Damn them and their high metabolism. I know. I say, don’t worry about them and start focusing on YOU. Stop blaming your genetics for your slow metabolism. Although  genetics do play a role on the rate of your metabolism, there are still ways to boost your metabolism. So, no excuses ladies and gentlemen.

By definition the metabolism is the “rate at which the body burns calories” and the “process by which the body breaks down food and converts that food to energy.” Everybody has an average number of calories that are burned at rest. For some this number could be high for others this number could be low. However, whatever the number might be, there are a few ways to boost your metabolism throughout the day.

w3Gain Muscles: The more muscle mass one has, the more calories they will burn throughout the day. In fact muscle burns 3 times the calories as body fat does. So don’t be scared to lift weights ladies.

 

IMG_9954Never Skip Breakfast: Having a healthy hearty breakfast within the first two hours of waking up will get your metabolism up and running.

Drink 8-12 Cups of Cold Water: Drinking cold water burns about 30 calories with each cup, and since water is a zero calorie beverage this is basically a win win situation.

Drink Green Tea with Caffeine: Drinking green tea with caffeine spikes your metabolism, but only for a short amount of time. If you constantly drink it throughout out the day the benefits are substantial.

w2Capsaicin Pepper: Adding capsaicin pepper to your meals also boost your metabolism, but like green tea it only boost it for a short amount of time. But hey, what’s the harm in burning some extra amount of calories?

Exercise: Exercising daily keeps you burning calories hours after you’re done with your workout. The best exercises for boosting your metabolism is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)

Keep it Cold: When your environment is cold your body has to work to keep your body warm, which burns calories in the process.

Remember you are beautiful no matter what size, shape or form you are! The mission is to get healthy.

-Fitty Fattys

 

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A Healthy Treat & Me.

I wish that mini tummy pooches were sexy and that eating a lot didn’t add weight, that things just worked between you and the person you love, that money wasn’t necessary for everything, that it really didn’t matter what others think, that I can thrive in my dream job and be at total peace. I wish I wish oh how I wish. Life has its ups and downs, its twist in turns. And yeah, I am blessed and have absolutely nothing to complain about, but at times I feel myself caving in with sadness. So I pray I pray oh how I pray. Then I eat I eat oh how eat.

And this was my healthy treat today.

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My friends and I went to the movies today but we wanted to bring a healthy treat. SO we mad dark chocolate covered tangerines. Super easy.

Ingredients: Baker’s Dipping Dark Chocolate, Tangerines

Step One: Peel tangerines

Step Two: Heat up desired amount of chocolate for 1 minute and 15 seconds. Then stir until creamy.

Step Three: Dip each slice of tangerine in chocolate covering only half.

Step Four: Place slices on wax paper and wait for the chocolate to harden.

Step Five: Eat up!!!

-Fitty Fattys

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Totally Accepted.

My last post discussed my recent body image problems, I was becoming obsessed with the way my body looked. I was never satisfied, but I have good news. I am officially over it. I love my body in every freaking state it’s in. As long as I’m happy, who cares what the heck anybody thinks. Society has truly crippled the minds of women. We see these flawless women all over television, magazines and social media.  We are constantly comparing ourselves to them. When in reality, a lot of the times it’s not real. Let’s start being more focused on being beautiful on the inside. How about that?

In other news, I’m extremely excited to talk about my new fitness challenge with Fitness Guru Mr. Turner (Instagram @fitness_guru__). He’s doing awesome free workouts/personal training EVERYDAY  for the entire Houston community this break. He sets out to change this FAT city, even if he has to do it himself. Pretty awesome.

My friend and I met up with him today for a free work out. And I must say, he killed me softly. We did bear claws, crab walks, squats, sprints, and some other exercises  I don’t know the name of. Lesson is, he was not playing. LOL  Before the workout began he gave us some diet restrictions for the next 30 days. These restrictions include:

No juices

No added artificial sugars/ingredients

No dairy

No fried foods

No alcohol

No nuts

Must also drink a gallon of water a day.

Sounds crazy, but I’m one day in and feel great. For dinner I had sautéed shrimp and vegetables. Super easy and fits the challenge guidelines. I truly suggest you all join this challenge. I can’t wait to see my progress. Good luck guys. I must drink a gallon of water a day.

Here’s a  quick 5 minute work out from his Youtube channel.

-Fitty Fatty

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Gotta Sweet Tooth? Healthy Sweets!

A couple weeks back I went to the Taste of DC. Yes a festival dedicated to food… my love.  I bought some cookies, muffins and a pie. I have a major sweet tooth. Now, I know your reading this thinking “isn’t this a health blog”? Well the answer is yes.  All the treats were healthy alternatives to the normal thousand calorie bakery item. These treats hold nutritional value.

Meet the Banana Love Muffin.These babies are dairy-free, fat free, no sugar added vegan muffins. These perfectly moist tiny bites are great for a sweet tooth pick me up. Visit http://www.bananalovemuffins.com to order.

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Meet Ms. Bean Pie. First of all, I didn’t even know this was a BEAN pie when I was eating it. It taste just like grandma’s sweet potato pie, if you ask me.This is a must try. Chef Nadine Bailey- Joyner, the creator of this treat, has been a chef for many years. However, her food wasn’t always the most nutritious. Once she started to run into health problems, she made her food delicious AND nutritious. Now she feels better than ever! Visit nutritionsynergies.com to order.

IMG_6625I’ll be sure to keep you updated on more nutritious treats I come upon.

-FittyFatty

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How to Burn More Calories Working Out

Hello fit friends! Ever feel like you worked your butt off during a work out, but when you looked at your calorie count app  you only burned a small amount of calories? I’ve came upon this problem recently. I ran a mile yesterday and I only burned 92 calories. Granted I could have ran longer to burn more, but I had things to do.

So here are a few things you can do to  burn even more calories on your next work out.

1. Turn the air conditioning off OR add another layer of clothing. Simple. You sweat more in warm conditions, which means more calories are being burnt. If your working out outside I recommend adding some extra layers of clothing before working out. Feel the burn!

2. Add in high intensity intervals. When you work out at a comfortable rate don’t expect your burned calorie count to be high. During your work outs go hard for 1 minute then switch to a moderate pace. Do this all through your work out and the calories you burn will be great. Plus you burn more in less time. Pretty sweet.

3. Start fast. When you exercise at a faster pace you’re more likely to keep the intensity throughout the workout. Thus, burning more calories in return.

4. Eat a snack. Eating a low calorie snack, such as a banana will give you the energy you need to beast your work out.

5. Run on incline. Running on incline forces your body to work harder, and therefore more calories are being burned. So find a hill and truck it!

Get Active

-FittyFatty

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Make Running Fun!

Running is my absolute favorite exercise. There is just something about running that boost my energy. It’s such a rush! Now, I know that a lot of people don’t find running as awesome as I do, but it’s important to realize that running has so many benefits.

The Benefits of RunningRunning

  • Boost your mood
  • Lower risk of breast cancer
  •  Lower risk of stroke
  • Recommended exercise for people with diabetes
  • Helps reduce cholesterol
  •  Helps reduce high blood pressure
  • Aids in weight loss
  •  Relieves Stress

My advice to you:  Put this exercise into your work out regimen. However, running can get a bit boring, even for me. After multiple runs, I have accidentally came up with ways to make running  even more fun!

1. GO ON A SCENIC ROUTE-  Running through scenic places makes the run more interesting. It takes the focus off of running and places the focus on nature around you. This alternate focus will lead to a longer run, which means more calories burned. It’s  site seeing while burning calories at the same time. What better than that? I tend to stray away from running on tracks and treadmills. Nothing against them, but I just can’t stand being locked into one place.

2. RACE STRANGERS- One day while I was stretching I saw this guy running that was in pretty good shape. I hadn’t decided on which route to take so I decided to follow him. Creepy right? LOL We were on opposite ends of the street so I don’t think he noticed. Anyways, I kept up with him, and ended up running faster than I anticipated. I soon realized he was running to the White House so I made sure I beat him there. He never knew we were racing, but it sure added a spark to my daily run.

3. RUN YOUR ERRANDS (LITERALLY)- Do you ever feel like there’s not enough time in the day. How can I go grocery shopping, pick up some new pants, and get a work out in. Well easy, run there. Instead of spending money on the metro, I run to most of my destinations. For example I would run to Urban Outfitters to catch a sale, then to Whole Foods to pick up some groceries and walk back with my items. This is an easy way to kill two birds in one stone.

4. TAKE A NEW ROUTE- I love discovering new things when I run. For awhile I would take  specific routes for my daily runs. Except one day I decide to turn down a street that looked interesting. I ended up running into a Whole Foods, my favorite store. I had no clue it was even there. I also ran into a farmers market along the way too! So take a new route. You’ll never know what you’ll find.

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A new trail I discovered running in Georgetown.

-FittyFattys

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Can’t Find Anytime to Work Out? The Solution.

I know a lot of people are busy with school, internships, work, and so on. Trust me I know, I have all three. And it is very difficult to find time to work out on a busy schedule. However, there is a very simple solution to this. Just do it! There is a meme that says ” a 1 hour workout is 4 percent of your day. Now, let me be honest here. There are some days where I feel like I can’t push a single hour out. But I learned to break that hour up. For instance, this morning I woke up early and watched a show on Hulu while doing a very intense cardio work out. Which is listed below. Then I was gone from 9AM to 8PM for class and internship. When I came back, I went for a run and workout my legs and core. And now I’m currently writing this blog, and will be studying for a test right after. LOL (bad me) My point is, you make time for the things that are important to you. So, if losing weight, toning up, or just leading a healthy lifestyle is important to you, make it a priority. Just do it. I mean, what’s stopping you?

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1. Jumping Jacks

2. Burpees

3. Squat Jumps

4. Ski Jumps

5. Mountain Climbers

6. High Knees

7. Scissors

8. Football Quick Feet

9. Planks

10. Dance!

Do each of these for 1 minute.

Overview:

-Break up your hour work outs throughout the day if you’re in a time crunch.

-Schedule time to work out.

-Just do it!

PS. I’ve also found that being more active leads more activeness, but on that same note being lazy leads to more laziness. So which do you prefer?

Oh and you can find quick awesome work outs on YouTube. Click here to get great links to YouTube workouts!

http://fittyfattys.com/2013/08/15/bad-weather-youtube-work-outs/-FittyFatty

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